OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) launched today an interactive statewide outage map accessible at outages.oaec.coop.
The map, developed by Iowa-based web firm Global Reach, features real-time outage updates from several electric cooperatives in the state.
Refreshed every 15 minutes with new data, the map provides a breakdown of outages per county as well as per co-op service territory. The map is powered by Google Maps and includes a weather radar layer that can be turned on or off at the user’s choice.
“This technology enables OAEC to efficiently communicate outage information and restoration efforts within co-op circles and to entities such as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Emergency Management, emergency-response organizations as well as to Oklahoma legislators, media professionals and the general public,” Chris Meyers, OAEC general manager, said.
As an added advantage, the map will assist OAEC Safety & Loss Control personnel to facilitate mutual aid efforts between electric cooperatives. The Mutual Aid program allows electric cooperatives the opportunity to send line crews and equipment to sister cooperatives that have incurred significant damage due to a natural disaster event.
At the map’s launch date, 12 electric cooperatives are feeding outages automatically to the statewide map while 15 cooperatives are reporting outages manually.
“In time, we hope to reach full outage reporting automation for all of Oklahoma’s distribution electric cooperatives,” Meyers said.
Visit the map at outages.oaec.coop
Sid Sperry - Director of Public Relations, Communications & Research